Published Thursday 20th October 2016

More than 100 long-serving staff and volunteers at a Herefordshire Hospice have been recognised for their hard work.

Dozens of those connected to St Michael’s Hospice in Bartestree were thanked for their long service during an awards ceremony.

In total, 105 staff and volunteers received the awards, given to those who had been with St Michael’s for either five, 10, 15, 20 or 25 years.

They were thanked during a special service at the Hospice where Chief Executive, Mike Keel, paid tribute to their hard work and dedication.

During the ceremony, a newly-produced video was played to those attending, emphasising the importance to St Michael’s of volunteering.

The video can be viewed here.

The long-service ceremony was led by the Hospice’s Head of Facilities, Stephen Rabbitts, who himself has worked at St Michael’s for more than 30 years.

The awards were handed out by Jo Walshe, whose husband, Alister, is chairman of the Hospice’s Board of Trustees.

‘All our volunteers come with such a diversity of skills, experience and personality that enhance the standard of care we are able to offer,’ said Mr Rabbitts.

‘I first started here as a volunteer. It was such a rewarding experience.

‘Our volunteers give up so much of their own time to help others, while our long-term staff add a calming sense of stability to the Hospice.’

Mr Keel paid his own tribute to the long-servers.

‘We are incredibly grateful to them all for their loyalty and dedication over the years,’ he said.

‘Without them, we simply couldn’t do the work we do, helping those in our community who need it most.’